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  1. Simplify C++ templates error messages

    Please simplify C++ templates error messages like STLFilt does.

    Things that can be hided:
    * Typedef's unrolling
    * Displaying template default arguments
    * The qualifiers "class", "struct", "__thiscall" and "__cdecl"
    * Shorter names for nested classes

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      1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add lambda support to C++/CLI

      Lambda is now supported in C++ 0x but not in C++/CLI. It means we are not able to use C++ lambda to define delegates in ref class. This makes using .Net libraries like Task<T> and System::Linq a very tedious work.

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        2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make MFC MDI child windows capable of tearing-off from the parent window

        Similar to child windows tear-off in Visual Studio, make MFC MDI child windows (CMDIChildWndEx) capable of tearing-off from the parent window (CMDIFrameWndEx), like CDockablePane, so that they can be viewed on separate screens.

        60 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • C++/CLI Intellisense support for triple slash (///) auto XML Comments like C# to make them visible from derived C# projects

          Add support for triple slash (///) xml comment like C# to have support for sandcastle auto generated documentation ad expecially to have full intellisense support for Parameters help and Methods help accessible from all c++/cli and c# derived project that use the c++/cli class and methods

          57 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • confirm before rebuild

            Please make Visual Studio prompt to confirm before rebuilding an entire project. "Build" and "Rebuild" are right next to each other in the context menu and it's so easy to accidentally click Rebuild instead of Build and end up killing a bunch of time waiting for a large project to build from scratch. This should be SO easy for you guys to implement; very little of your time could save the rest of the industry thousands of man-hours. Please!

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              5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow users to toggle IntelliSense completion modes (allow AutoSelect in the list of suggesstions) for Visual C++ in VS2012

              The intellisense is working C++ in that it presents a list of suggestions, however, nothing in the list is selected by default, meaning it is cumbersome to have to click the down arrow key to highlight the first suggestion. Before, it seems like the first item in the list is highlighted by default. I went to Edit->IntelliSense and the option to "Toggle Completion Mode" is disabled and greyed out. I think this is the option that will fix the problem. I tried pressing Ctrl-Alt-Space but it dosen't appear to do anything. I also tried resetting my settings but that didn't…

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                2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow Suppressing Update VC++ Compiler and Libraries Dialog in VS2012

                Because of Windows XP, we cannot upgrade all of our managed/unmanaged assemblies to .NET 4.5. I have completed all of the work so far to transition our team to VS2012 but one of the issues raised by a team member is the fact that opening a solution automatically displays the "Update VC++ Compiler and Libraries" dialog.

                We realize that clicking "Don't Update" will store a persisted value and you won't see that dialog again unless you either wipe out your sandbox or do a 'get latest' from TFS. Rather than hope nobody accidentally upgrades or possibly checks-in such changes, an…

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                  4 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • CPU dispatch in C++

                  Hello,

                  I was wondering when Microsoft will implement a CPU dispatch mechanism in Visual C++ like what Intel, GCC, Clang have done, as a __declspec or a pragma. It appears that it is still not the case in VS2012 U1.

                  This would be very useful now AVX processors are roaming. We could write different functions optimized for IA32/SSE2/AVX (or compile with different arch) and a single build (EXE or DLL) will run optimized on several CPUs.

                  Thank you.

                  - D.

                  50 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • One tab for .cpp and .h files

                    It would be nice if .cpp and .h files in one folder with the same names can opens together in one tab. Then programmer may switch between them by right mouse click.

                    Or even it could be a special tab with left part for .cpp and right for .h file (+ some highlighting).

                    45 votes
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                      7 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • с++ snippets

                      like as c# snippets

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                        3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • add assembler code syntax highlight

                        add assembler code syntax highlight for disassembled code with (or without) source code
                        while debugging C++ native applications.

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                          4 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Official opening of WTL support

                          Total is well known, WTL based on ATL, it was an excellent Win32 application development framework. Relative to the MFC,WTL a more lightweight, high efficiency, the links generated by the small size of the program. My only regret is that while WTL is initially within Visual Studio release, WTL is not supported by the Visual Studio official. I think, Microsoft to retain developer, especially C++ developer, in UI framework Shang does needs efforts, MFC bloated and old, ATL does not too for GUI program, pure SDK of program complex degrees too high, most manufacturers in using Visual Studio using C++…

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                            3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add Emscripten/WebAssembly to platforms supported from VisualC++

                            Much like support for iOS/Android (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vcblog/archive/2015/07/30/cross-platform-code-sharing-with-visual-c.aspx). I'd love to add Emscripten build target for my application in Visual Studio 2015.

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                              • XML comments in C++

                                C# has nice support for XML comment. You type /// and your XML document is populated, with the proper parameter names, etc.

                                Since VS2010, intellisense has been pretty awesome, so I figure it can't be that hard now to implement the same! The compiler already supports XML comments too!

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                                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • MFC GDI Direct2D legacy layer

                                  Implement a GDI to Direct2D mapping layer, which maps CDC, CPen etc... directly to Direct2D calls. That would accelerate all recompiled apps or custom controls without code changes (but recompilation of course). This way all MFC apps could benefit of fast and fluid graphics, rendering and animation. The effort can't be that big, as Direct2D supports all GDI primitives.

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                                  • Add AddressSanitizer a la Clang.

                                    Basically instrument allocations, reads and writes to catch memory scribbles at word granularity.

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                                      2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • code metrics unmanaged

                                      Provide code metrics for native code

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                                        1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Bring Debugger Canvas to C++

                                        Please bring the "Debugger Canvas" from Dev Labs and support C++ debugging. It is a life saver for maintaining and understanding old code as well as very valuable in debugging. Currently going through huge code bases and understanding code path is just by going throgh line by line and source file by file. If we can get the Debugger canvas, it is a bliss. There is a "LOT" of potential for a tool like Debugger Canvas in C++.

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                                          2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • support compiling with "utf-8 without bom".

                                          I am in trouble when developing, because there are many tools that do not support the bom.

                                          I would be grateful, if you could add the compiler option that you can set default language which used in compiling.

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